Senate Bill Asks Treasury to Consider Woman on $20 Bill

Jeanne Shaheen's measure comes amid online push
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 17, 2015 5:44 PM CDT
A likeness of President Andrew Jackson now adorns the front of the $20 bill.   (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)

(Newser) – The campaign to put a woman on the $20 bill isn't just an online movement anymore. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen has introduced legislation to help make it happen, reports the Washington Post. Under the New Hampshire Democrat's measure, the Treasury would "convene a panel of citizens" to discuss the idea and report back to the department. Shaheen says her legislation complements the efforts of the Women on 20s group that has been pushing the issue. Its online poll has narrowed the field of candidates to four: Eleanor Roosevelt, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, and former Cherokee leader Wilma Mankiller.

"The name of the winner is not what this is about," the group's executive director, Susan Ades Stone, tells AP. "What it's about is showing that there's wide support for a woman on our paper currency." She notes that if Treasury agrees to replace Andrew Jackson with a woman, it won't necessarily be the the eventual winner of the group's poll. Supporters hope the switch takes place by 2020 to mark the 100th anniversary of women getting the right to vote.

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